November 19, 2010 – The Time Of Thanks

Well as we approcach Thanksgiving the obvious thing to talk about this week would be what I am thankful for.  I could try to come up with something more original, but  the first thing I am thankful for is that I am not a proud man, so the obvious topic it shall be.

The first thing I am thankful for is very, very obvious.  I am thankful for improved health since last Thanksgiving.  I still have some bouts with headaches and head pressure, but they do not last as long and are not as intense as they were.  I am thankful to feel that I am a contributing member of my community and my parish again, and I am thankful to be able to look forward to each day again. 

I am thankful for sugarless cherry Life Savers.  On my diet I had to give up a lot of the things I had previously enjoyed, but I can still get my sweet cherry fix.  I am also thankful for baked Doritos.  They are sort of like diet soda – they can claim that it tastes like the real thing but it really doesn’t.  However, it’s close enough that it can help satisfy your craving.

Along the food lines, I am thankful it appears that we are close to having a Subway in town again.  I had gotten into the habit of eating lunch at Subway a couple of times a week before the fire.  Hey, it worked for Jared, though I have no plans of running a marathon anytime soon.

I am thankful that Stan “The Man” Musial is deservedly receiving the Medal of Freedom.  In this age when the sports reports are more like listening to arrest reports, Stan Musial is a wonderful example of how people should conduct themselves.  Though I never saw him play in person, I am still an admirer of his for the class and humbleness that he shows when he is recognized in ways such as this.  In this era of multi-million dollar contracts and athletes who seem to take their stardom and good fortune for granted, Musial always talks about what an honor it was just to be a big league ballplayer and to wear the Cardinal uniform.  Again, a more than well-deserved honor.

I am thankful that when I feel like I am doing some stupid stuff, I can turn on the news and see that I am being out-performed, such as this morning when thousands of people were packing movie theatres at midnight just to see the new Harry Potter movie a few hours earlier than normal people.  Though it shouldn’t really be any of my concern, I beat my head against the wall all day trying to think of some sort of reasoning why someone would be in a movie theatre at 2:30AM to see a movie they could view at a resonable time a few hours later.  All I accomplished was making a dent in the wall.  Some things just can’t be explained.

I am thankful that I am not one of the hearty folks who has to work  at a Wal-Mart, or Best Buy, or Target at 4:00AM on Black Friday.  Imagine trying to control a herd of caffeine-hyped bargain hunters who still have upset stomachs from the day before, only to have to break the news to them that there were only 5 of those $299 TV’s.  And speaking of holiday shopping, I am thankful for the wide variety of gift cards now available.  You can feel like that you actually got somebody something without really giving them something, and you don’t have to worry about them returning your lousy gift.

Though I am thankful for many of the simple pleasures that life brings, in a more serious vain I am thankful for the things that make me one of the most fortunate people around.  For my family, good friends, a roof over my head, and living in a place that even though it has its share of problems, is still the land of freedom and the most prosperous country in the world.  And of course I am thankful for my relationship with God and for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon me.  I drove by the Methodist church today and the sign said “How Can We Not Give Thanks?” and cited a passage from Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  I read the passage when I got home, and one of the verses said that “We are praying, too, that you will be filled with His mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens – always full of the joy of the Lord, and always thankful to the Father who has made us fit to share all the wonderful things that belong to those who live in the kingdom of light.”  Thank you Jesus for your sacrifices in order that we can be open to the joy of God’s kingdom.

Finally, I am thankful as always for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you through this blog, and for the ability to spread the happenings at St. Mary’s through our website, and of course for your continued compliments on the good you seem to get from it.  We need to make known to others that we are thankful to be a part of this parish and especially a part of the Roman Catholic faith, and the principles that it stands for.  Hopefully our website is a small way that we can spread that message.  Thanks again for all you do for our parish and our faith.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your family and friends.  Word on the street is that I will be sampling both fried and smoked turkey this year.  Turkey is good for you, right?  Especially with a little gravy, and a few mashed potatoes on the side, right?  RIGHT?  It’s one day, OK?!?!  I’ll let someone else have the pie this year.  Celebrate well!  Peace.

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